“Most Awkward Fashion Model” award goes to me no doubt. But my love for vintage clothing and our incredible vendors runs so deep that I do my best Gigi Hadid anyway (and just crop out my cringe-worthy expressions) to show y’all the incredible frocks our shows churn out.
This year our vintage collectors — AAVintedge, Yellow Wood Vintage, Gypsy Beard, Vagabond Vintage — seriously knocked my socks off. And just wait for our upcoming spring shows; we have several more vintage clothing peeps to add to our amazing roster.
Here are a handful of my favorite buys (and some vintage shopping tips, too).
I’m a sucker for a duster. Both styles above are actually vintage dresses that I like to unbutton and wear as a duster. Tip: Don’t dismiss items that are too big. Often times they can role play as something different. I love wearing men’s shirts as tunics or turning a blousy top into a dress thanks to a belt and some tights.
Runner up to the duster is a ginormous chunky knitted wool sweater. I scored both of these bad boys for $20 or less and wear them constantly when the temps dip below 50 degrees. Don’t be afraid of the men’s stuff; I love to wear an XXL sweater with a skinny belt or treat it as a dress with tights and booties.
My favorite Flea Style buys traveled with me this year. This cream fox fur coat clocked many miles in New York City while my silk leopard pants made a splash in San Francisco this fall while celebrating my five year wedding anniversary.
Alyssa is far better at the model thing. Here she shows off her crushed velvet turban and ahhhmazing ’80s chain belt from the November flea.
These wool pants are one of my favorite buys of all time (at a whooping $10!). I love the high waist and tiny plaid pattern.
And this Tartan plaid dress is my go-to winter frock. It’s several sizes too big as a dress but unbuttoned it’s the perfect Burberry inspired duster that layers over just about anything during the holiday season.
Often times shoppers will ask how I find the good stuff at our shows. The truth is, I have no time to shop during the event and snag my buys when the vendors are closing down shop.
The key to shopping vintage is having an open mind. Don’t put your style, size or aesthetic in a box. If an item’s pattern, color or material speaks to you, play with it and see if you can find a way to rock it (i.e. unbutton a dress and make it a light weight jacket or Chloe-inspired duster).
I promise if you do, these items will be the ones you covet most in your closet because they are so one-of-a-kind and unique.